Five Can't Miss Events of the Week: March 17–23
Art in the galleries and on the stage, plus a spring-inspired weekend at the park.
Gallery Night Providence is back. Hop on the bus and visit galleries in Providence as they open their doors, spread out the wine and cheese and welcome you for a free evening event. Gallery Night celebrates all sorts of art, from contemporary multimedia installations to one-of-a-kind functional works. Visit your favorite spots alone, or hop on an art bus; they depart in twenty-minute intervals from the Regency downtown. This month’s tours include three contemporary tours (one led by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza) and a collector’s tour. In celebration of Gallery Night’s twentieth anniversary season, each tour participant will receive a goodie bag filled with treats from T’s Restaurant and LaSalle Bakery.
The Details: March 17. Tours leave from 5:30–7 p.m. Free. 1 Regency Plaza, Providence, 401-490-2042, gallerynight.org.
Catch the three-night-only run of the rarely produced Blues for Mister Charlie, written by James Baldwin and inspired by the 1955 lynching of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till. Baldwin’s play, a three-act tragedy written in 1964, is about the murder of a young black man and how his death touched his small Southern hometown. Blues for Mister Charlie, performed by the very same cast as To Kill a Mockingbird (onstage at Trinity Rep now through April 3), also deals with issues of race and prejudice in America through a courtroom trial. Photo by Mark Turek.
The Details: March 18, March 27 and April 1. 7:30 p.m. $25. Trinity Repertory Company’s Chace Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence, 401-351-4242, trinityrep.com.
Bring the entire family as the State Ballet of Rhode Island presents the timeless French ballet, Giselle, first performed in 1841 at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris. In this ballet, Giselle falls in love with Albrecht, an engaged man in disguise. This ballet represents how a once-scorned lover can overcome a momentous deception through the virtue of love, the debilitation of heartbreak and the beauty in forgiveness. A whirlwind of emotions will be expressed, from when Giselle and Albrecht first touch to the moment Albrecht has to let Giselle go forever.
The Details: March 18–19. Fri. 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1:30 p.m. $2–$30. Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence, 401-334-2560, stateballet.com.
This weekend at Roger Williams Park, you and the kiddos can strike every spring-themed note: Scavenge for clues at Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Egg Hunt Safari, then head over to the Carousel Village to chat with the Easter Bunny and take a spin on an old-fashioned carousel. At the zoo, get a scavenger hunt card and follow the clues to different stations. As you fill your card, watch your favorite animals – including zebras, seals, moon bears, red pandas and anteaters — eat special egg-shaped treats. After that, take your completed scavenger hunt card to Carousel Village, a short walk through the park from the zoo, for a free ride on the carousel. The Easter Bunny will be onsite to meet with kids and take photos, plus food truck fare will be available for purchase.
The Details: Visits with the Easter Bunny: March 19–20. 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m. Adults free, children $5. Egg Hunt Safari: March 20. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Adults $14.95, children $9.95 (ages one and younger free). Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, rwpzoo.org.
Four bands, two taco stations, oysters on the half-shell and a whole lot of fun: The fourth-annual Ham Jam draws Rhode Island’s best chefs out of the kitchen and onto the stage. Headliner Turn for the Wurst features Chez Pascal’s Matt Gennuso on trumpet and Mark Reindeau and Brian Gibney on vocals and guitar; Persimmon’s Champe Speidel on drums and Kyle Kerstetter on bass; and Nicks on Broadway’s Derek Wagner on guitar and vocals. Before the big act, fans can get down to music from country rock and rollers Smith and Weeden, the Little Compton Band and the DBC's with the Great Big Band. Dance your heart out, then fill your stomach up with Tallulah’s Tacos and fresh-shucked morsels from Matunuck Oyster Bar, both available for purchase onsite.
The Details: March 20. Doors 5 p.m., show 5:30 p.m. $6. The Met, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, brownpapertickets.com.